Entries Published in 2010
December 21st, 2010
SOLE knows what a huge difference having the right kit can make. For runners, wearing the right footwear is even more important. In 2010, SOLE supported several top notch athletes with footwear including runner Marie-Louise Stenild, the first woman to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days.
December 14th, 2010
I read a statistic recently that claimed eight out of ten people will experience back pain at some point in their life. I found myself shocked that the number was that low. Really, can you think of a single person you know that hasn't suffered from an ache or irritation between their shoulder blades, mid, or lower back? Between sports, sitting, backpacks, poor posture, and genetics, I don't see how anyone could make it through life without experiencing some type of back discomfort.
December 9th, 2010
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is considered the leading resource for foot and ankle health information. Recently, the APMA recognized products that can specifically help runners’ feet stay comfortable before, during, and after a run. These products were awarded the Seal of Acceptance and SOLE was pleased to learn that the Thin Sport and Signature DK Response footbeds made the runner-specific list! Visit the APMA Runner's Resource page for a full list of recipients and information on how to help keep your feet injury-free.
December 8th, 2010
If you are located in the UK, head over to RunnersWorld.co.uk and enter to win a pair of SOLE Exhales. This is a one day contest, so you have to enter today to be eligible.
November 26th, 2010
I would call myself a runner. A leisurely runner, but a runner none-the-less. I typically run with one purpose: to "clear my head." Marie-Louise Stenild, on the other hand, runs with a much larger purpose: to raise funds for children and their families in the fight to battle cancer. In addition to this, Marie-Louise completed 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents, and gave all the charitable donations to Adam Rogers Trust. Wow.
November 17th, 2010
The lovely SOLE ladies Alyssa, Brandi, and Eman accompanied members of the PPCLI to a Christmas gala at Calgary's historic Lougheed House. The event was part of a month-long celebration of the heritage building, and the revenues from the events will go to children's programs at the house, as well as a portion of the proceeds being donated to the PPCLI's Benevolent Fund that supports the families of soldiers. Santa was in attendance, and was posing for "antique" photos in the one hundred nineteen year old building.
November 10th, 2010
Are you on Facebook? If so, did you know that SOLE has a Facebook page? Maybe you've been waiting for a sweet offer before pledging your undying devotion to SOLE? Whatever the reason, now is the time to "Like" us on Facebook. Everyone who does will receive a $5 off coupon for our web store at the end of November! Head over to our page and hit the "Like" button now.
November 10th, 2010
Kendra, Iain, Karen, and Brandi spent their weekend attending the Banff Mountain Film Festival. While most of the weekend consisted of working the trade show, they did have an opportunity to take in a few of the films, and it was epic.
October 20th, 2010
At SOLE we believe in integrated thinking and integrated design. We are fans of Amory Lovins' (from the Rocky Mountain Institute - rmi.org) book "Natural Capitalism," that deals in a rigorous, scientific way with the idea of design integration. This new city concept in Portugal seems like an interesting step in that direction
October 8th, 2010
Calgary has had an unusually wet and cold summer this year, wheat crops actually had too much rain in Alberta. BUT, this last weekend, we had wonderful 20 degree Celsius temperatures and blue skies! On Saturday Alyssa (Customer Service Manager) ran the Harvest Half Marathon
September 29th, 2010
The Calgary office team kicked off a gorgeous fall weekend by having a rousing game of lunchtime soccer, affectionately known as "out of the blue". It was "over 30" verses "under 30 + Ivo, SOLE VP Operations". Thankfully, Ivo's superior ball juggling skills won the under 30 crowd the game.
September 29th, 2010
I once heard a joke that said: "At 40, it takes longer to rest than it did to get tired". Well, whoever created that joke must not have met 41 year old, multi sport athlete Rebecca Rusch. Over the past 13 years, Rebecca has competed in everything from cross country skiing, to orienteering, to adventure racing and finally, mountain biking. She is the 3 time winner of the 24 Hour Solo World Mountain Bike Championship (2007, 2008, and 2009), 2-time Leadville 100 winner (2009, 2010) and carries the title of #1 in the 2008 Masters Cross Country Skiing World Championship. I had a chance to connect with Rebecca shortly after she returned home from racing in Brazil and breaking a record at the Leadville 100.
September 21st, 2010
After competing in his first world-stage, Olympic-distance triathlon, SOLE sponsored triathlete Leif Baradoy recently returned home from his debut at the International Triathlete Union (ITU) Championships in Budapest. I had an opportunity to connect with Leif and get the goods on one of the biggest races of his life, not to mention reflect on the strides (pun intended) he's made in just two short years.
September 13th, 2010
Kris (UK MD/Sales Director) and Derren have decided to try a bunch of new things. They started with Clay Pigeon Shooting (jolly good fun) and finished with tandem kayaking on the River Lea. With Percy (their sturdy Horizon Perception) and a book by Peter Knowles, called "Pub Paddles," they paddled:
September 7th, 2010
My name is Greg Davidson — I'm a Web Developer here at SOLE. This past weekend I took my young family on one last little adventure before school began. We headed to Halcyon Hotsprings near Revelstoke, BC. To get to Halcyon, you take a 40 minute drive south of Revelstoke...
September 3rd, 2010
As we enter into fall, with 2011 on the horizon, we're brainstorming up a ton of new ideas to improve our engagement with customers through social media and our blog. We really want to step it up, and start to show the culture behind SOLE as a company. Not to mention, get in better touch with our core customers and provide top-notch customer service!
August 27th, 2010
It's a hot summer day. You slide your feet into some comfy flips, and you set about your day. It's the feeling of bliss, right? The wind on your feet, the absence of constrictive shoes, no hot socks to ruin your perfect August day. While you can relate to this feeling of freedom for your feet, I'm sure you also know the realization that comes after wearing sandals for a full day: my feet are grimy, dirty, and I don't really want to crawl into bed until I wash my feet...
July 27th, 2010
Have your heard of Outdoor Retailer? If not, it's one of the premiere Outdoor Market retailer tradeshows, held twice a year in Salt Lake City, Utah. Next week, the SOLE team will head down to OR to showcase our newest product offerings for 2011. If you are attending OR, please stop by our booth (#36037) and check out our 2011 product line, hear a presentation from Jordan Romero, and pick up a free espresso on us!
July 26th, 2010
Everyone loves having an extra "spring" in their step, and we know that using SOLE Custom Footbeds can bring a new rhythm to any person's swagger, but what is it IN the Softec and Signature Edition footbeds that takes the comfort and shock absorption to the next level?
June 17th, 2010
Check out this video by our partner 100percentcork.org.
Carlos de Jesus discusses the environmental benefits of choosing natural cork in this video prepared for the Sustainable Brands conference in Monterey, CA. Take a look at how beautiful the cork oak forests are.
June 10th, 2010
The SOLE Sport Slides are here! (This is proof that good things come to those who wait.) Our newest addition to our sandal line is great for post-run recovery, walking, and general recreation. Currently we have only received the Jet Black colour way. The women's Ruby/Bone colour way will be arriving by the end of June.
June 3rd, 2010
The SOLE Sport Slides are here! (This is proof that good things come to those who wait.) Our newest addition to our sandal line is great for post-run recovery, walking, and general recreation.
May 28th, 2010
After much anticipation the Casual Flips have made it to our Distribution Centers. It is a bittersweet arrival, as the new look and cork platform is exceptional, however, we have noticed a few inconsistencies with the fit of the straps. In an effort to continue to bring you the highest quality products, we would like to further research this problem before we send them to market.
May 23rd, 2010
Jordan Romero has summited Everest! On Saturday, Kathmandu time, Jordan, his father Paul Romero, Paul's partner Karen Lundgren and three Sherpas reached the peak of Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. Jordan, aged 13, is the youngest to have climbed Everest.
May 11th, 2010
The Race Rx Academy recently finished a study on SOLE Ultra footbeds. They tested the footbeds in worn running shoes, and here is what they found:
May 5th, 2010
Recently, we were cleaning up our US warehouse and we came across a whack of 2009 Sport Flips. This includes some sizes that were previously sold out. Below is a list of the colors that we have back in stock. Please keep in mind the quantities are low, colors are only available until they are sold out, and this applies to our US Web Store only.
May 3rd, 2010
Several months ago, I introduced you to Jordan Romero, SOLE sponsored athlete, and his quest to summit the tallest mountains on each continent (the 7 Summits) – before the age of 15. Can't remember that post? Click here to read more. The following highlights the 6 summits Jordan has conquered, his age and the continent on which each mountain is found:
April 14th, 2010
After much anticipation, the 2010 Sport Flips are here! Available in a new array of colours, not only will your feet thank you, we are certain your stylist will too! All sizes and colours are now available for order in the UK. Make sure you pick up a pair while supplies last!
April 7th, 2010
After much anticipation, the 2010 Sport Flips are here! Available in a new array of colors, not only will your feet thank you, we are certain your stylist will too! All sizes and colors are now available for order in Canada and the USA. Make sure you pick up a pair while supplies last!
March 29th, 2010
Last August, SOLE athlete Jen Segger ticked off another item from her checklist of “to-do's”. She took on Vancouver Island in a four day journey by bike, foot and ferry from Cape Scott to Victoria, BC. Jen's journey, aptly named the Vancouver Island Quest, had a two-fold purpose:
March 26th, 2010
Our 2010 Sport Flips have started to arrive! Women's Jet Black and Java are now available for order in the US, UK, and Canadian web stores.
March 26th, 2010
We recently moved additional 2009 Sport Flip colors to our clearance section. Currently this only applies to our US and Canadian stores.
March 23rd, 2010
Our Softec Casual Footbed is available again! The same platform and cushioning as the Softec Response, but with a synthetic nubuck topsheet and perforated forefoot to go with your casual and dress shoes. The Thin Casual is for tight-fitting dress shoes and the Softec Casual is for those shoes with a bit more room in them.
March 22nd, 2010
We have updated our Softec Series Footbeds with recycled content for 2010. 35% of the moisture-wicking top sheet is made of recycled content. 20% of the moldable base layer is made from scraps from our own production. It would be better to have post-consumer recycled content but it is impossible to separate out the EVA layer from the other layers. For years now, our production scrap with multiple materials has been turned into housing insulation by a company in S. Korea, where the footbeds are made.
March 8th, 2010
The Pepsi Refresh Project is giving organizations and businesses the opportunity to win some serious cash by collecting votes. SOLE wants to help one of our partners, Big City Mountaineers (BCM), win a $25k grant, which will enable them to help more kids.
February 22nd, 2010
Along with changing the name of our Slim Series to the Thin Series, we have made some improvements as well. They are now thinner (at least 10% thinner for the Sport and 30% thinner for the Casual). This makes them even better for low volume footwear like dress shoes, cycling shoes, hockey skates, etc. They are also more moldable in the heel for very narrow footwear. Both have 20% recycled EVA and the Thin Sport has 35% recycled content in the top sheet.
February 15th, 2010
SOLE is proud to introduce our redesigned Signature Series Custom Footbeds lineup. We have made several significant improvements to the Signature Series line of SOLE Custom Footbeds. We now feature Ventilated Softec Cushioning, which has the same performance as our normal Softec but is more breathable.
February 9th, 2010
SOLE won a SNEWS® BOB Award! Every year, Specialty News (news focused on the outdoor and fitness industry) gives Best Of Booth Awards to deserving booths at Outdoor Retailer. This January, SOLE won a BOB and we are very grateful, and proud.
January 6th, 2010
As a part of our ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability we are continually evaluating our design process to be more sustainable. We are proud to announce our most sustainable package ever, the clip package. Our new clip package is the 4th generation of our footbed package, and the 3rd generation of our Ecopac packaging.